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Letter to the Editor: Broadcaster Issues Plea to Save Baseball

"We allow some of the most talented baseball players in the world to play in empty stadiums night, after night, after night. Let’s do something to change that."

The City of Dunedin has a problem.

The city of Tampa has a problem.

The cities of Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, have a problem. 

Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and counties across and the state of Florida have a problem so grave and, yet, so easy to fix it ought to be addressed here and now.

We, as a group, are not doing our jobs, and supporting the great game of baseball. 

After the buzz of Spring Training dies down, and the hot summer months descend upon us, we allow some of the most talented baseball players in the world to play in empty stadiums night, after night, after night. 

Let’s do something to change that.

Tickets to Florida State League games can be had across the league for $5 to $10 on a nightly basis ($6 every night here in Dunedin), and you can find season ticket packages in double digits all over the state. Most games feature food and/or beverage specials, and also offer the opportunity to win great prizes throughout the night.  

How about a free iPad, a free laptop, or a free car? Wash that down with a $2 beverage, or a $1 hotdog, or a buy one get one free margarita if you’re in the mood!

Who could ask for more than that?

I beg you, for the sake of these players and for the good of our own community, come on out and enjoy the experience of baseball!

Be calmed by its beauty, its grace, and its artistry. Be thrilled by a home plate collision, a hard line drive, and a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth. Be with your friends and family, bring a date — take a chance.  

Come out and watch some baseball this summer — I dare you!

Come watch the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Come see us on the road in Tampa and Lakeland, and come see us in Clearwater and Bradenton. Heck, take a road trip over to Jupiter with us this summer, and spend a weekend out fishing by day, and watching baseball at night.  

There’s no reason not to. 

These teams need you, and if you give these games a chance, you just might realize that you need them too.

Craig Durham

Dunedin Blue Jays Broadcaster

(Craig can be reached by email craigmdurham@gmail.com and on Twitter @CraigMDurham.)

Amy Switalski April 06, 2012 at 10:21 AM
After watching the Dunedin Blue Jays faithfully after the past 5+ years, I have seen some great baseball being played. It really is a shame to go to the majority of the games, either home or away, only to have a handful of people, not enough to even call a crowd. The atmosphere is fun, the majority of the people you meet are genuinely nice people and it's an inexpensive way to do something after work and not worry about every day life for a couple of hours. The players that I have seen over the years are living their dream of becoming major league baseball playes and are working their hardest to get there. The players love what they do and it's nice to see a bunch of guys working as hard as they at something they love. I have made life-long friends at the stadium. I have had a lot of great evenings watching baseball. One game is all it takes to get hooked...that's what happened to me. The season is just starting so check the schedule and put aside a couple of nights and go to a baseball field and watch some great baseball.
priscilla April 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
We went to the opening game last night and had a great time. We even stayed for the concert afterward. What a thrill to be able to sit right on the grass in the infield on a moonlite night to listen to some great music. A beautiful way to spend a beautiful night with family and friends. We will be back.
Edward Nolin April 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Amy, Your right my son Sean Nolin is on the Dunedin Blue Jays, I live on Long Island New York and would love to see them play every day. The problem is there are too many minor league teams in your area. New york only have 2 minor league teams SI Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) both stadiums are about an hour away with no Traffic. and forget about the majors seats are too expensive. so lets go all you baseball fans instead of watching TV go out and see a Minor League BB team play in your town. Yours truly, Ed Nolin Proud Father of a great Pitcher
Bella Romain April 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
My husband and I also went to the opening game -- our first game since we moved to Dunedin last year. We had a great time, the Dunedin Blue Jays played hard and gave us a great game, and we loved seeing how the mascot and announcers kept the kids in the crowd entertained. We also will be back.

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